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By ATWadmin On November 18th, 2008 at 2:11 am

An old joke – Jesus is called upon to comment when a woman of unsavory character is about to be stoned.  he calls out to the crowd “Let You Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone.”  A rock comes flying through the crowd striking the woman.  Jesus looks over at the thrower of the stone and says, “Thanks a lot mom!” 

We all have to deal with our mothers, to varying degrees.  On his 60th Birthday, I wondered what it was like for Prince Charles.  This is not an invitation to Royal bashing, just a thought as to how it must be to be waiting for one’s moment which never seems to arrive due to one’s own mother.   The man who would be king must wait, and wait, and wait.  If she had ever planned on stepping aside in his favor, the time to do so would seem to have passed.  She may feel, and she may be right, that it is her duty to reign on.  I’ve no personal objection, she’s done so with dignity and grace.  Indeed, I don’t know the thoughts of the Prince of Wales, he may be content with the status quo.   Any thoughts?    


By ATWadmin On November 18th, 2008 at 1:58 am

Give the Republican senators some credit, they are probably going to sink the planned largess that the Pelosi led Democrats wish to give to the American Auto Industry. 

We can disagree that any bailout was necessary, I support a bailout.  But if we are simply throwing money at problems without accountability, we are throwing deregulated bailout money at deregulated industry.

The market is about confidence, and restoring confidence is critical, but it will not last long if the companies being saved are treating this as yet another right to proceed with business as usual.  AIG, saved by the bailout as a necessary evil, has yet to chane its corporate philosophy, and like Oliver at the Orphanage wants more (and without even a “Please Sir”).

I have to give the Republican Senate leaders props for standing fast.  Someone needs to say “Wait a minute, let us think this through.  Howabout some safeguards, and some accountability.”  A sensible bailout is necessary, but a bailout without sense is worse than no bailout at all.


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

It’s one of those dog bites man stories.

A convicted Eta killer wanted by a Spanish judge has been released on bail by Belfast Recorders Court. A lawyer for the Spanish authorities opposed the release of Mr de Chaos, who was released from a Spanish jail in August after being jailed in the 1980s over 25 murders.

However, the Belfast Court saw fit to release him, on bail. Once appeasement enters the soul of the body politic, it never leaves it. It just deepens.


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Wonder if it’s something in the water?

“Seattle Parks and Recreation will drop its pursuit of a proposal that would make public nudity in parks subject to prosecution for criminal trespass.  And, in a nod to tolerance, Seattle’s parks commissioners asked parks officials to explore the possibility of a clothing-optional beach in the city. The seven-member board, which was going to take up the nudity proposal in January, abruptly decided at its regular meeting Thursday night to urge parks officials to drop the idea in the face of strong opposition. A crowd “asserting the right to be naked outside” appeared at the meeting of the volunteer advisory board, said Dewey Potter, parks spokeswoman.”

Now, on first reflection this seems just wacky. But on the other hand  young families use these facilities and it is not in any way responsible for the officials to allow these clothing-optional fetishists to have their way!


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I see that it is announced that after months of doing nothing, and going nowhere, the Northern Ireland governing executive is going to meet!! A “deal” has been cobbled together between the DUP and the IRA’s proxies in Sinn Fein.

Here’s the bottom-line on what will be packaged up and retailed to us all as a “breakthrough” when  in fact it is one more DUP breakdown.

The DUP are scared senseless of any prospect of an election as they know they will lose out to the UUP and TUV. But Irish republican pressure on the DUP to deliver on Policing and Justice is leading to the potential scenario that an election might just be triggered and so Peter Robinson has been manoeuvring in recent weeks to cut a deal that doesn’t seem too bad to the unionist electorate. It is the result of that process which is now going to be unveiled but it is obvious that power-hungry Alliance leader David Forde will be moved to gracefully accept the position of Justice Minister in due course. Naturally all the strings will be pulled by the DUP/IRA axis of evil.

Robinson will be relying on the media and the rest of the political establishment to help him flog this deal. I trust that principled unionists such as Jim Allister and the TUV will expose the craven reality behind what is being served up.

DUP Turkeys don’t just vote for Christmas, they pre-baste themselves and willingly jump on the oven. 

What a wonder it is to behold these tatty littl Ulster Nationalists prostitute the rule of law and the scope of justice in order to buy themselves even more political power.


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Shocking to read that Bank of Ireland shares lost 23.5 per cent of their value today closing at just 83 cents, amid ongoing investor concern over the bank’s deteriorating asset quality. At 1.55pm the bank’s shares were trading at €1.04 down over 4 per cent having rebounded from earlier lows of €0.90. Bank of Ireland shares have lost 90 per cent of their value this year and the share price has been under renewed pressure since the release of its interim results last week. It’s quite staggering to see such an Irish institution as this bank  – establised over two hundred years ago – become so devalued to the point where it is virtually worthless. There are so many questions that must be asked as to the management of this Bank, one wonders just how detached from financial realities this Bank has become?


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Should be interesting to read how those peace-loving followers of the Religion of Peace get to hear about the fact that the Prophet Mohammad never actually existed. Or so says a leading Muslim scholar.

Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert and Germany’s first professor of Islamic theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, doesn’t like to shake hands with Muslim women and has  spent years studying Islamic scripture. Islam, he says, guides his  life.  So it came as something of a surprise when Prof. Kalisch announced the fruit of his theological research. His conclusion: The Prophet Muhammad probably never existed.

Wonder if Mr Kalisch has good life insurance?


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Had to laugh at the news that Obama and John McCain have promised to work together “to fix the country”. Sure. Just in the same way that a Vet fixes a male dog. When politicians agree, the people should start worrying. I’ve had enough of John McCain to last me a lifetime and all he does is to convey spurious cover on the Democrats by working alongside them. When it comes to considerning politics, I refer you to the manner in which the Dems have “co-operated” with President Bush over the past eight years.


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 8:17 am

Now then, it may well be an article of faith for those on the political left that those interned at Guantanamo Bay are, at worst, angels with dirty faces. The very IDEA that they are captured Jihadists is repugant to the intelligentsia  of leftworld, even though that is, of course,the reality. The scum in Gitmo were mostly captured on the battle fields of the Afghan/Pakistan tribal areas and for some odd reason, George W Bush felt it was best to have such people behind bars where they could not do harm.

Obama, the standard-bearer of liberal opinion, knows better of course and has stated he intends to close Guantanamo and “ban” torture. Wonder how the US military feel about this since a/ It clearly suggests that they carry out acts of torture and b/ It devalues the hard work and bravery that went into capturing the Jihadi and looking after them in the intervening years. My only criticism of the US military in the context of Gitmo is that it took prisoners in the first place. It would have been better that none were taken – the kindness shown then has been exploited ever since by the gutless internationalists who deny that a section of Islam is at war with us. Closing Gitmo may win the plaudits of Al Queda – is THAT the sort of change we want?


By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2008 at 8:13 am

Remarkable to read that homeowners are facing the prospect of being forced to sell their own land to make space for gypsy campsites under orders from the government.

“Desperate to build permanent sites for travellers and gypsies, the Government is launching what has been described as a ‘land grab’, which could see fields and even private gardens converted into pitches for mobile homes. One local authority is now warning its residents that their land could be brought under compulsory purchase if they refuse to sell up to make way for hundred of travellers setting up home in their town.”

This shows the perverse values that so distinguish this lousy socialist government. They prefer to punish homeowners and reward gypsies by thieving land from those who pay taxes and abide by the law.